About Golf Ontario
GOLF FOR ALL
WE SHAPE LIVES BY CONNECTING PEOPLE TO POSITIVE GOLF EXPERIENCES
Passion / Respect / United / Accountable / Brilliant
PASSION – We share our incredible PASSION for golf with Ontarians
RESPECT – We demonstrate RESPECT and integrity in everything we do
UNITED – We work as a UNITED team with the goal of a UNITED golf industry
ACCOUNTABLE – We are ACCOUNTABLE, engaged, and committed with our actions
BRILLIANT – We strive to be BRILLIANT in everything we do and in the work we deliver
Golf Ontario (formerly the Golf Association of Ontario) as it is currently structured came into being in November of 2001, following the amalgamation of the Ontario Golf Association and the Ontario Ladies Golf Association. Prior to the amalgamation, the OGA and the OLGA had represented amateur golfers in Ontario for close to 80 years and had done an excellent job of building and promoting the game.
At the time of the amalgamation only Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan had taken the step towards amalgamation. Since that time, all of the Provincial Golf Associations have amalgamated and in 2005 the Royal Canadian Golf Association and the Canadian Ladies Golf Association completed the process.
In the early days of Golf Associations in Ontario, there were small associations, representing Private Clubs in the Toronto area and providing a service that was specific to golf championships. Over our history, the association has grown to the point where today our Club Members include Private Clubs, Semi-Private Clubs and Public Golf Clubs. The majority of our individual members are at the Private and Semi-Private Clubs, but the association also offers opportunities for individuals to join directly as members of a Public Player Program. At the present time, Golf Ontario represents over 450 Member Clubs and over 92,000 individuals making it one of the largest Amateur Golf Associations in the world.
Golf Ontario’s new Strategic Plan for 2023 – 2026 Golf For All will guide the organization over the next four years.
The Strategic Plan outlines the strategic direction through the end of 2026, for Golf Ontario, which acts as the Provincial Sport Organization for golf in Ontario, as recognized by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The plan was developed through a coordinated effort by Golf Ontario Board members, staff, and other key stakeholders in the golf industry.